Within the lead-up to the Tremendous Bowl and return of Champions League, worlds collided in Soccer Meets Soccer on Saturday, the place CBS Sports activities Champions Leauge studio crew of Kate Abdo, Thierry Henry and Michah Richards have been joined by NFL analyst, former star and Burnley minority proprietor JJ Watt. They received into fairly a dialogue in prep for the large recreation surrounding what place Richards would play if he was within the NFL.
A proper again who performed for Manchester Metropolis, Richards is aware of a factor about motion on protection and Watt, who was a legendary defensive finish within the NFL for the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, thought that Richards could be on the defensive facet of the ball similar to him.
“With man-marking talents and good zonal protection, I believe you can play cornerback,” Watt stated to Richards earlier than Henry chimed in that he may by no means be cornerback.
“You know the way to man mark, you understand how to play zone,” Watt continued. “Would you say that you are a higher man marker or a zone marker?”
“I like zone marking the place I can do my very own factor and I haven’t got to focus on too many issues without delay,” Richards stated.
Little did he know, footage was going to air from when the crew was in Miami again in October. It confirmed Richards defending former U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey with Miami Dolphins famous person large receiver Tyreek Hill at quarterback. Dempsey juked and misplaced Richards with ease earlier than catching a move and Watt needed to roll again his evaluation on Richards’ ability.
“I take it again. You would be actually good at bringing the water bottles out to the blokes at timeouts on TV,” Watt stated.
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It is fairly the 180 from Watt however contemplating that it has been virtually 4 years since Richards retired following a number of knee accidents, it is spectacular sufficient that he may sustain with Dempsey’s preliminary motion, however he’ll absolutely choose sticking to the soccer he’s used to.